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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

German Militant to Be Freed

BERLIN -- Former Red Army Faction militant Brigitte Mohnhaupt is to be freed after 24 years in jail for her role in a campaign of kidnapping and killing that shook West Germany in the 1970s, a German court said Monday.

Mohnhaupt requested the early release, which was condemned by the relatives of her victims because she has expressed no remorse for a murderous campaign that threatened West Germany's nascent democracy.

The ruling comes as President Horst K?hler considers a pardon for Mohnhaupt's former RAF colleague Christian Klar, who has also spent the past 24 years behind bars.

"This is not a pardon, rather a decision that is based on specific legal considerations," the court in Stuttgart said in a statement. "The decision for probation was reached based on the determination that no security risk exists."

She will be released on five years of probation on March 27, the court said.

Mohnhaupt, 57, was arrested in 1982 and sentenced to five life sentences for her role in the murders of leading German figures.

Also known as the "Baader-Meinhof Gang," the RAF rose from the student protests of the late 1960s. Its members experimented in alternative lifestyles in the "free love" communes of West Berlin and Hamburg before turning violent in a campaign of murders, kidnappings and bombings against the German elite and U.S. military personnel.